A security control room is the nerve center of your operation. It’s where critical decisions happen on a daily basis, and the decision makers will be what defines the success of that control room. But is there a way to predict the success of your control room within your organization? Could one of the prime indicators actually be the furniture? Let’s take a look at its importance in the scope of the design and function of the room.
What Is It about Ergonomics?
Ergonomics isn’t just about curved keyboards. It’s the science of designing and arranging items to create ease of use as well as safety for the user. Not only does ergonomics affect the health and the physical well-being of individuals, but it also improves performance, productivity, and job satisfaction. We know that repetitive motion can cause physical issues. But did you know those small movements and slight changes in position and posture affect our bodies and health?
Neck and back pain are the most common complaints of workers across a multitude of industries, but surprisingly, this is especially true of workers who spend most of their time sitting at a workstation.
Other issues that can affect productivity as much or more than back and neck pain are more subtle. These include headaches and fatigue as a result of furniture that isn’t ergonomic and doesn’t serve to make the technicians and operators more comfortable. Tired, fatigued, uncomfortable, or aching employees do not make for a successful organization.
Functionality, Comfort and Safety
Functionally, comfort and safety go hand-in-hand with the success of your security control room, but it’s not just about the chairs. When you’re designing your control room, it’s vital to take into consideration the layout, traffic flow, and proximity of desks and staff to each other, but it’s also vital to look at the furniture you select for your control room.
Seating is a great place to start when selecting or designing furniture. Careful consideration of how your employees sit and move when doing their jobs is key. Choose the right chairs to align their spines and bodies to reduce stress when reaching for and accessing tools.
Then choose the workstations. This must include consideration of the necessary technology, monitors, video, electronics, and other tools they’ll be using on a daily basis. And finally, design how these workstations will fit into the flow and function of the room as a whole. Include all this in your room design before completion to avoid drops in productivity and worker stress.
Before you measure the success of your organization, contact our team of pros at Fountainhead Control Rooms for all the information you need to include the right furniture in your security control room.